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Cool Schools: Never Too Young To Go Green

8:32 AM, Feb 11, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - You're never too young to go green, that's the message they are teaching at the Sheriden School in Northwest.

Fifth Grader Avery Adomaitis gets the point: "We're really going run out of power if we just keep wasting our energy."

Avery can explain how the new solar panels work on the roof of her school better than most adults. She and her classmates are able to learn about solar energy, and the school saves money on the power bill at the same time.

Sheriden School was able to buy the panels, in part, because of a $30,000 grant from the District of Columbia.

One of the really cool things we learned on our visit, when you generate your own power on site, it takes some of the load off the grid. That in turn, can help cut down the frequency of power outages, which gives students more time in the classroom.

Even though the students range from kindergarten to 8th grade, Science teacher Frank Sanford says teaching them green habits now will benefit us all later. "They're inheriting the earth. Unless we take care of it, they're not going to have the same earth we are enjoying today."

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